One and done: For Cavs, it's win or bag their season

Justice HillCorrespondent IMay 12, 2010

CLEVELAND - MAY 11:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers tries to get a shot off around Glen Davis #11 of the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 11, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. Boston won the game 120-88 to take a 3-2 series lead. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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CLEVELAND -- "Dire straits" -- it ain't just the name of a '80s rock band.

Those two words describe the disintegrating fortunes of LeBron James and the Cavaliers. To say they resemble what AIG looked like 15 months ago wouldn't exaggerate their present state, and after their 120-88 loss Tuesday night to the Celtics, the Cavs might look more like Enron than they do AIG.

Life on the brink isn't what their fans had envisioned, not for these Cavaliers. Yet that's where they find themselves today. James, Mo Williams, Antawn Jamison, Shaquille O'Neal and the rest of their gang are a loss away from witnessing their sugar-coated dreams of an NBA championship turn into the latest edition of nightmare on Elm Street. They have learned the hard way that dreams can be made and unmade like a Murphy bed.

And who do they and coach Mike Brown blame for the unmaking of theirs?

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